DEREK SPOONER | Executive Director
Derek Spooner, M.A., is a non-profit, management and fundraising professional with a strong background in program and fund development, operational design, data analysis, communications, marketing and team motivation.
After working for Stevenson Children’s Camp and Western University, Derek went on to build dynamic and profitable fundraising teams at Artsmarketing Services Inc., and Free The Children in Toronto. His portfolio includes $9.04M in fulfilled gifts between 2011 – 2016 for the Toronto International Film Festival, Save The Children Canada, The New England Aquarium, The Boston Museum of Science, The Chicago Memorial Children’s Hospital and Mirvish Theatre Productions.
In 2015, he was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund where he developed their first-ever donor database, executed their first holiday giving campaign and saw a 43% increase in revenue for their signature event, the March for Music Therapy. Derek continues to consult on the side, helping small and grassroots organizations find funding to help them achieve their goals and enhance our communities. Most recently, Derek was involved in business development for The Glory Hole Gallery, a micro-art gallery housed at Glad Day Bookshop and which focuses on shining a spotlight on emerging LGBTQ+ artists.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Justice and Peace Studies and Women’s Studies, with a Minor in Film Studies (2008) and a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies (2009) from Western University.
A trained actor, Derek studied theatre and film at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the New School University in New York City. He loves to paint, draw and write and hopes to get into screenwriting and filmmaking in the years to come. Derek is excited to learn more about community-based arts and how we can continue to make a positive impact in the Scarborough community, and beyond.
JEN D. FABICO | Program Director
Active in several communities within the GTA, Jen D. Fabico is an artist, educator and arts administrator who believes in serving communities with enthusiasm, creativity and collaboration. Since 2010, Jen has been in the forefront of developing, implementing, and evaluating Scarborough Arts’ programs and events. She strives to activate creative and healthy communities with quality leaning opportunities and resources.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hons. Specialist in Visual Arts and English, and a Bachelor of Education with additional qualifications in Visual Arts, English and Special Education. She has facilitated workshops and guest lectured at institutions and creative centres around the GTA, including Hart House at the University of Toronto, York University, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, and Scarborough Museum. Additionally, Jen is a Festival and Event Planner who enjoys the boisterous activities, schedules and crowds. Her passions are in teaching, visual arts, aiding upcoming artists, and working with youth and individuals with accessibility and accommodation needs.
Jen is an avid reader who enjoys a good story, learning about different cultures and languages and appreciates advanced planning. She believes in the importance of kindness and living life to the fullest.
MONICA GUTIERREZ | Development Manager
Monica Gutierrez is a Colombian arts administrator, filmmaker and visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a bachelor of Fine Arts (York University), and a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE, University of Toronto).
She comes into arts administration through experience on the ground through facilitation and coordination of arts programs. Her community arts experience includes work with: VIBE Arts, Arts Starts, WhipperSnapper Gallery, MABELLEArts, and ArtsCorps amongst others. She has also offered digital storytelling programs across the City of Toronto, including work with school boards through an Artists in Education, Ontario Arts Council Grant. Her main interests include art for social change, the arts as an avenue for self-expression and activism. She has directed The Sunflower Man (2017); Poetry Saved Our Lives (2016); Crude Gold (2015); and Raptors Amongst Us (2016), a TVO Short Doc semi-finalist broadcasted in 2016.
MARIANNE RELLIN | Marketing + Communications Coordinator
Marianne is a graduate of the University of Toronto Scarborough where she specialized in Arts Management and in Art History. She is interested in community and socially-engaged art and other contemporary art practices that bring art and the public closer together. Marianne’s work and volunteer experience includes working at CARFAC Ontario, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Exclaim! magazine, and for the City of Toronto – specifically for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Previously, she was on the Board of Directors of Kapisanan Centre for Arts + Culture. Marianne also creates and performs music with the all-women music collective, Pantayo. Pantayo has performed at the Music Gallery, Wavelength Festival, Y+ Contemporary, and The Weaving Hand Studio in New York.
ALICE NORTON-BELL | Communications + Operations Assistant
Alice Norton-Bell is a Concurrent Registration Option (CRO) student at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. She is currently working towards obtaining both a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) and a Master of Information (MI) with specializations in both Library and Information Science (LIS) and Archives and Records Management (ARM). She holds positions on a number of committees at the university including acting as the Chair of the Student Tech Fund and the Vice President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).
Alice started with Scarborough Arts in June of 2017 as a Gallery Assistant and has since transitioned into the role of Communications Assistant. She has a love for all cultural institutions and looks forward to a career in which she hopes to serve and support the arts and culture of the many diverse communities throughout the GTA.